About 10 days ago, our family celebrated a life well lived, well loved. There were roses symbolizing the 12 grandsons, and another set of roses, symbolizing the 12 great-grandchildren (11 here and one on the way). Her quilts were displayed, along with the little girl dresses she’d made for these long-awaited great grand-girlies. Every stitch, every story was a testimony to how well she loved.
Nanny’s son, my husband talked about how “Dad and mom would turn small accomplishments into big accomplishments. The grade was not the measure, but how hard we tried.”
One of our sons, the joy bearer, read 1 Cor 13:4-8a. Like any good composition teacher’s son, he added a coming-away comment to explain how the quote promoted the point being made: “Nanny loved everyone the same way she made pancakes. There was always too much, but you could never complain.”
Two of her 12 grandsons shared stories. Love isn’t meant to be always somber and serious. Love is meant to laugh, too – and we laughed in remembrance of the joy and unconditional love she brought to our lives.
Then Sherry, her daughter spoke – and she knocked it out of the ball park! If you’re a stay-at-home, well, you will be doubly blessed by the insight into the life career you have chosen.
“Mothers/Grandmothers are a model of hope to the young. Hope means to long for, envision and anticipate. Although mom dreamed some dreams that did not come true, set goals that weren’t met or had ideas that never became reality, her children and grandchildren did not know that.
They saw dreams coming true when they attended Mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary. They saw goals accomplished as mom lovingly made quilts for them or taught them how to sew or attended ballgames, plays or whatever else they were involved in.
The hope for tomorrow always depends on the accomplishments of yesterday. Our success and strength for the future depends largely on our past. A mother’s decisions, accomplishments and dreams are really the beginning of a child’s life. My mom’s decision in choosing her life mate affected not only her but all of us. While mom did not have a workplace career, she made her family and friends her life career. The memories that she gave her children will live on in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
After my dad died, mom asked me many times, ‘Why am I still here?’ My answer was always the same, ‘God is not done with you yet.’ I believe she remained to show us how to go on and live with strength, grace and, most importantly, love. Never forget how much she loved her family. When she wanted to give up, she didn’t – and we are all better people for witnessing her life” ~Sherry, November 16, 2016
She made a life-time career out of loving others – I don’t know about you – but that is the best job-description I’ve ever heard for housewives and stay-at-home moms! What a job advertisement!
What a legacy of love Nanny has left us – a legacy gently stitched into the heart of everyone standing under the apple tree with the tire swing – a legacy strong and true enough for passing down.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends” ~ (1 Cor 13: 4-8a)